Monday, April 13, 2009

George Orwell on Anti-Semitism

George Orwell had this to say about British anti-Semitism sometime during World War Two. Among some of the more interesting points of his essay:
I could fill pages with similar remarks, but these will do to go on
with. Two facts emerge from them. One--which is very important and which
I must return to in a moment--is that above a certain intellectual level
people are ashamed of being antisemitic and are careful to draw a
distinction between "antisemitism" and "disliking Jews". The other is
that antisemitism is an irrational thing. The Jews are accused of
specific offences (for instance, bad behaviour in food queues) which the
person speaking feels strongly about, but it is obvious that these
accusations merely rationalise some deep-rooted prejudice.
Notice anything familiar? Today's Jew haters insist that they are only "anti-Zionists". They love Jews, that is Jews who will denounce Zionism and Israel.
It so happens that the war has encouraged the growth of antisemitism and
even, in the eyes of many ordinary people, given some justification for
it. To begin with, the Jews are one people of whom it can be said with
complete certainty that they will benefit by an Allied victory.
Consequently the theory that "this is a Jewish war" has a certain
plausibility, all the more so because the Jewish war effort seldom gets
its fair share of recognition.
So the only reason the allies fought against the Nazis during WWII was because of the Jews? Sure it sounds stupid, but it's no more idiotic (well, maybe it is) than the fools today who insist that anti-Zionism is not Jew-hatred and that 9/11 benefited Israel (how?), that the U.S. invasion of Iraq benefited Israel, even though Israelis would have been much happier to see the Iranian government being overthrown. Back in March, a Fatah official was killed by a car bomb in Lebanon. So, using the typically twisted logic of Jew-haters throughout history, there is at least one idiot insinuating that Israel must be the culprit, because - yep - Israel benefits from a dead Fatah official.

Apparently anything that has happened throughout history that has been good for Jews or for Israel is suspect, and was probably carried out by Jews or encouraged by the shadowy Israel lobby. The founding of the United States has certainly been good for both Jews and for Israel. Therefore the Mossad/Jews/Israel/AIPAC/Israel Lobby must have had their sinister hand in it. After all, except for benefitting the Jews, what good has the United States done in the world? I'm sure that Columbus would not have taken his voyage had it not been for the urging of Spanish Jews.
To publicise the exploits of Jewish soldiers, or even to admit the existence of a considerable Jewish army in the Middle East, rouses hostility in South Africa, the Arab countries and elsewhere: it is easier to ignore the whole subject and allow the man in the street to go on thinking that Jews are exceptionally
clever at dodging military service.
Today's mainstream media have certainly been complicit in desperately trying to avoid bruising the delicate feelings of our Islamic neighbors. Facts can be twisted into lies to avoid humiliating or insulting Muslims. In some countries, Canada and the Netherlands come to mind, one can be put on trial for insulting Islam. Not all freedoms are restricted though. It's still OK to attack Jews.

There are things that don't change, but only evolve. Anti-Semitism is one of them.

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3 Comments:

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Not being Jewish, I must say that this kind of behavior not only appalls me, it embarrasses me. 'Sorry' seems so inadequate.

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Harry said...

But you've got nothing to apologize for. It's the idiots in the West, especially our intellectuals in the press and on college campuses, who disregard history and pretend that they aren't part of an ancient and unbroken chain of hatred that's been reawakened and mutated by the Religion of Peace.

Of course, the real idiots, who don't even have the brains to understand the damage they are doing to themselves, their families, and civilization in general, are the Jews who buy into this hatred and try to justify, or excuse, or in the worst cases like Jewish Voices for Peace, join the villification.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Mrs. C said...

Of course the anti-Zionists are anti-Semitic as well. But some of the anti-Zionists... I'd be afraid of. There is no "peace" with these people until every last Jew AND Jew-sympathizer is DEAD.

*shudder*

I hate to think about the current administration and what's going to happen with that... I'm with JungleMom that "sorry" is inadequate. But I think it needs to be said that we Christians have failed in our voting and our teaching children the truth. I would like to be a loving and "tolerant" person, but I want always to speak the truth...

 

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